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Ingrown toenails, also known as onychocryptosis, can be annoying and painful. This common condition occurs when the surrounding skin on one or both sides of the nail grows over the edges of the nail, or when the nail itself penetrates the skin. As the nail digs into the skin, redness, swelling, and pain are often the result.
People develop ingrown toenails for various reasons. Poor nail-trimming is the most common cause, as this encourages the skin to fold over the nail. Other causes include trauma, such as stubbing a toe, or skin conditions, such as fungal infections or nails that are simply too large. In some cases, the condition may even be inherited. Poor fitting shoes generally aggravate the condition, making it worse.
Many cases of ingrown toenails may be prevented by:
- Wearing well-fitted shoes and socks
- Protecting feet from trauma when possible
- Trimming toenails straight across and avoiding repeated trimming of the nail borders
- Keeping feet clean and dry to prevent infection
If an infection is not suspected of your ingrown, it can usually be safely treated from home by soaking your foot in warm water. Avoid "bathroom surgery" and repeated cutting of the nail as this will only make the condition worse.
When attempts to reduce your symptoms from home fail, or when pain, inflammation, swelling or discharge accompany your ingrown, the toenail is most likely infected and should be treated by a podiatrist at our office. People with diabetes, nerve damage or poor circulation should always seek care immediately if an ingrown nail is detected, regardless of the severity.
A podiatrist can examine the affected toe and determine the best treatment for your condition. For an infection, an antibiotic may be prescribed. Other treatments may involve trimming or removing the infected nail with a minor in-office surgical procedure.
Ingrown toenails may be annoying, but rest assured that they can easily be prevented and treated with the help of your podiatrist. If you think you have an ingrown toenail, visit our practice for quick and easy treatment.
Ingrown toenails can be a pain, but they don’t have to be.
If you’ve ever gotten an ingrown toenail, then you’re no stranger to the pain and discomfort of having one. Ingrown toenails are often caused by trimming the nails too short, however tightly worn shoes and fungal infections can also be to blame for this pesky problem. If you suspect that you have an ingrown toenail, Dr. Lorry A. Melnick, your Denver, CO podiatrist at Cherry Creek Foot Clinic, says to look for redness, pain and swelling around the toenail. But if you are an ingrown toenail sufferer, chances are you’re searching desperately for relief.
Luckily, most ingrown toenails can be treated from the comfort of your own home. Here are a few things your Denver podiatrist recommends trying at-home relief for ingrown toenail pain:
- Avoid wearing shoes or socks that are snug or too tight. Sometimes ill-fitting shoes can be the cause of your foot problem, so it’s crucial to prevent further problems. Plus, putting extra pressure on an ingrown toenail can cause further discomfort or could make your condition worse. Instead, opt for shoes that are breathable and allow a little room for your toes to move around freely.
- Give your feet a comforting soak in the tub several times a day using warm, soapy water. This will aid in healing and also provide some relief from the pain.
- If necessary, you can also take over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen to help with any discomfort you feel.
If none of these tips offer relief from painful ingrown toenail symptoms, you begin to notice other symptoms of an infection, or you have recurring ingrown toenails, it’s time to talk to your Denver podiatrist about other treatment options. Most of the time, just lifting the nail away from the skin is enough to help it grow properly. However, your skilled foot doctor should do this.
If you’re dealing with a severe ingrown toenail, we may need to trim or remove a portion of the toenail. However, this is never something you should consider doing on your own. To avoid complications, this is only something your Denver foot doctor should do. Plus, we can treat your ingrown toenail painlessly. Never attempt this at home.
There’s no reason to suffer through the pain of an ingrown toenail. If you are still experiencing problems, call Denver, CO podiatrist, Dr. Lorry A. Melnick at Cherry Creek Foot Clinic, today.